Cabell and colleagues call for support for Texas

Feb. 1—State Rep. Mike Cabell, R-Butler Township, sent letters Wednesday to Gov. Josh Shapiro and Attorney General Michelle Henry urging them to take every step available to support and assist the operation Texas’ Lone Star – Texas’ continuing efforts to secure the southern border following federal obstruction of their efforts.

The letters were co-signed by more than 40 other Republican members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The letters say, in part:

“As of 2021, the number of migrants who have crossed our southern border illegally is greater than the individual population of 38 states. In December 2023 alone, that number rose to over 300,000 people, enough to be the second largest city in Pennsylvania. .

“The scale of this influx has overwhelmed many border towns and strained the resources of Texas itself. When only a small fraction of these migrants were transported to large “sanctuary” cities in other parts of the country, local officials were quick to recognize the harms of these immense numbers, with New York City Mayor Eric Adams saying that migrants would “destroy New York City.”

“As might be expected, the increase in illegal immigration has played a significant role in several developing crises in the United States and the Commonwealth, including increases in drug addiction and crime. violent.

“In 2023, the number of overdose deaths exceeded 112,000 in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this figure represents the highest 12-month overdose death total in history. A report of 2021 released by the Department of Justice noted that 64% of all federal arrests in 2018 involved non-U.S. citizens, even though they represented only 7% of the total U.S. population at that time.

The letters continue to explain why supporting Texas is important to Pennsylvania.

“Pennsylvania’s participation in the Texas initiative will not only help manage the border crisis, but also strengthen our state’s position…

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